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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

266 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 08-12-2003)
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%

09-17-2013 05:48:18 | More by twelveinches
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz Bomber, red eyed raven on the label "product of Northern California" Fantastic looking beer as it sits in my Imperial pint glass. Mostly black with hints of mahogany..great huge light brown frothy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued for style but its all there and fresh too Great complex whirl of flavours here: coffee,blackberries,esspresso, dark cocoa laden chocolate, dark brown sugar, some hop in the after taste, good stuff. Very nice on the palate , great mouthfee, A very very good Strong stout from Eel River. I really did not think they had it in em to produce this beauty

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 20:00:39 | More by Reidrover
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally some more West Coast breweries are starting to make their way to the East Coast. Served this at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Raven's Eye pours out a thin looking black color. When held up to the light the beer shows dark brown and ruby highlights. I was hoping for darker than that. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in about two fingers of thin, light beige colored head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin frothy ring around the glass. Thin streaks of tan lace were left behind after each sip.

Smell: A bit of a dull nose on this one. Light chocolatey aromas were most detectable. A slight hoppiness and a bit of black coffee and some roasted malts. Almost a faint smokey smell with just a touch of alcohol finishes the nose.

Taste: Taste is a little on the weak side as well. Decent flavor, just needs more of it. Definite chocolate and coffee. Some sweet toffee notes. Plenty of sweet roasted/toasted malt and a bit of hops. The 9.5 percent ABV is barely noticeable. Taste seems a bit light for a beer listed as a Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant, yet thin, mouthfeel that seems quite fluffy and silky smooth. I usually look for a thicker, bigger body in an RIS, but this isn't too bad.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable even with the high ABV. The lighter mouthfeel helps a bit too. Decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 20:38:03 | More by jaxon53
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-20-2012 03:39:12 | More by jfcaa193
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-18-2012 13:11:31 | More by cdwil
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flexabull

California

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from brentk56, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a nice large tan head. Very nice looking beer!

Aromas are subtle, smells like cereal grains, malts, and a bit of cocoa.

Tastes of espresso beans and roasted dark malts. Finish is of bitter cocoa and a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Overall it's a pretty smooth, well balanced, and kind of mellow tasting.

Nice full supple and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice RIS. A bit on the subtle side, but it still tasty and it's a easy beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 20:30:52 | More by flexabull
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-27-2011 20:50:15 | More by BMart
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-22-2013 12:11:49 | More by williamjbauer
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Boto

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a pretty decent sized dark tan head on it that lingers a bit. Pretty decent nose. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe some dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar. The tastes are pretty balanced. Chocolate, molasses, some fruits, just a hint of coffee. A touch of alcohol comes through also. Some bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:25:29 | More by Boto
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eel River- Raven's Eye

A- Deep murcky brown almost black with a thick creamy head.
S- Light chocolate dusted sweet coffee beans.
T- A big scoop of sweet vanilla bean ice cream and smooth milk chocolate dropped into a medium roast cup of light and sweet coffee.
M- Creamy and sweet, big flavors and a smooth finish.

Overall- A mighty tasty beverage! 9.5% abv but hidden well. A solid bomber that I'm glad made its way to the East Coast!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:08:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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beerguy101

California

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, creamy head. A full-bodied nitrogen-conditioned Russian Imperial Stout. Deeply roasted malts. Nice hop balance. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Very smooth taste, Nice flavor. Big and expansive. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. No alcohol bite despite a 9.5%. Excellent stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2003 02:06:40 | More by beerguy101
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Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, thin tan head. Smells ... like molasses.

Taste has a bunch of molasses, burnt sugar, some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate ... pretty overwhelmed by the sugariness. Almost no aroma.

Fairly thin mouthfeel, but creamy. Decent, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 11:17:24 | More by Overlord
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, jet-black, ebony appearance with a small foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Faint aroma dominated with roasted malts, scotch, caramel, vanilla, and honey...
Taste strongly complements the smell, with a powerful rich malt essence balanced out by a tinge of vanilla, toffee, figs, prunes, and dates...
Slick, oily, slightly watered-down mouthfeel with not too much going on in this department...
Easy level of drinkabilty especially due to the fact that the hefty 9.5% ABV was hardly detectable behind a rich conglomertion of chocolate, espresso, and cocoa nuances...
Not the best RIS I've ever sampled, but definitely not bad at all...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:26:49 | More by dsa7783
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk 0.33L tulip.

Great looking pour on this RIS, as it fills the glass with a thick, motor-oil viscosity, building a well-retained, molasses-colored head. Great-smelling aroma too: powdered cocoa, cookie dough, roasted coffee beans, vanilla-infused espresso, and a kiss of liqour.

Bitter, roasted coffee-malts hit the tastebuds first, followed by notes of dark chocolate and a warming, boozy finish. Mouthfeel is creamy & thick up front, but turns quickly to a sharp bitter/ascerbic aftertaste that is both enjoyable and memorable. All in all, I was quite impressed with this, my first Eel River brew. Russian Imperials, especially from lesser-known breweries, do not always perform up to par, but this beer easily makes eagle (or would it be "Raven"?). Corniness aside, this is an extremely well-crafted brew and I look forward to my bottle of ER Triple Exultation.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 04:22:34 | More by wagenvolks
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is from jgaston as part of the BIF race 2008. Thanks man!
I am pouring at cellar temp into a snifter. the beer pours a deep espresso brown with fizzy tan head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a thin edge layer very rapidly.
Aroma is drak fruit, molasses, burnt malt, and hints of baker's chocolate. Nice appealing nose, with no hint of hops of booze to be found.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with fine tingly carbonation and soft silky texture. Nice so far.
Flavor starts off with some sweet chocolate and brown sugar, then rolls to burnt roasty malt with bits of molasses again and finishes with some dry baker's chocolate, or very dark high % cacao. Slightly bitter, but not from hops. No real ABV presence and I find the beer to probably be dangerously drinkable.
A very nice Imp Stout that is even cooler since it is organic. I would gladly consume this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:12:18 | More by sulldaddy
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Crosling

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours brown out of the bottle but appears dark in the glass. Fairly nice light brown head. Very miniscule nose. I’m comparing this next to Bristol XXX Warlock and the Warlock is powerfully aromatic. This has hardly any aroma at all. Flavor isn’t much better. A light hint of malt-o-meal, dried chocolate. Not very complex, not hoppy and not nearly roasty enough. Meh, very mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:53:08 | More by Crosling
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-24-2013 04:08:20 | More by WDJersey
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-16-2012 15:22:39 | More by Tyrawlings
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-05-2013 18:16:30 | More by Gatordaddy
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an opaque black with a thin head that diminished and left very spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was of weak cocoa and roasted malt. The taste was a good blend of roasted barley, dark chocolate and mild espresso, very well balanced and makes quite a tasty stout. The mouthfeel is very smooth for a beer of this taste. There is some heaviness, but it's easy for the palate to handle. This is a very drinkable Imperial Stout, it almost begs to be chugged.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:47:43 | More by atsprings
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap@Eel River. Rich and sweet, with some welcomed acidity and bitterness, oily, licoricy, roasted, long finish, good stuff. Not a style i generally mark low anyway, so most of the time its gonna get an OK score, but this was a middle of the road imperial stout, tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 19:27:35 | More by rastaman
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-17-2011 19:00:49 | More by tclapper
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Arbitrator

California

2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into pint glasses and split with a friend.

A: Very, very dark brown. Impenetrable when held up to the light.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits.

T: Dark chocolate dominates with the coffee and dark fruit lagging behind. Malts pick up a bit later. A little booze warmth.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and complexity, but it's boozy.

D: Slight difficulty downing it toward the end; it was almost a little TOO much, even split. Perhaps I drank it too fast. I'd certainly be willing to buy it again to see.

Highly recommended. What a damn good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:23:43 | More by Arbitrator
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Smallish tan head. Mellow aroma-nice deep roasted mocha type smell. Killer roasted and somewhat coffeeish flavor. Silky smooth maltiness against the roasted flavor. Somewhat grainy taste. Nice level of hop bite to it. Lingering dark chocolate taste. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Just a great RIS all around. Really a nice beer. I love the mellow coffe/mocha thing going on. Thank you sir can I have another?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 02:51:58 | More by lackenhauser
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, not much highlighting in the dark bar. Fluffy head is espresso-foam-tinted with good stick in the goblet. Nose is very darkly roasted with notes of dark fruit alongside the molasses.

Herbal and somewhat pungent, there are notes of pine, citric zest, and anise along with the coffee. Dark, ripe fruit notes emanate all over this one, though, stealing the show with rotting apple, plum, and fig.

The body is smooth and creamy, but not great. Very good. With warming, I liked it a little more, but still a little thin for such a bombastic style, and for the amount of flavor packed into it.

Bottom line: worthy RIS and the best Eel River beer I'm aware of.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 02:46:05 | More by BretSikkink
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.